SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Fall 2003)
100 Years Young and Looking For Her Classmates Of 1922
June 27, 2003 marked Alice Brodersen's 100th birthday. For her birthday celebration, it was Alice's desire to reach out and find any classmates of Branch Agricultural College, Class of '22. She would love to hear from you!
Brodersen has been kind enough to share some of her cherished memories of Southern Utah University, or at the time she attended, Branch Agricultural College. "My father, William Thomas Allen, instilled in us a desire for education," Brodersen said. He sent Alice and her sister to BAC (now SUU) to earn degrees in higher education.
Brodersen, a native of Summit City, Utah, met William Orren Taylor when they both attended BAC. They married and she taught school in Summit City. After a few years, entrepreneurial interests led her to start a beautician business. "I started my shop with a $90 loan from my father so I could buy equipment for permanents," said Brodersen. Taylor was a barber, so their interests were well-entwined.
The Taylors lived in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Cedar City. They retired in 1964, and moved to Phoenix, Ariz. When Alice became a widow in 1978, she moved back to Utah to be closer to her family.
In 1986, this indomitable 80 year-old woman visited Phoenix and signed up for a dance class. Gens Brodersen met her at the dance class, wooed and won her. They married in 1984. The Brodersens divided their time between Phoenix and Orem until he passed away in 1991.
Alice still enjoys family and friends and watching over her beautiful rose garden. Her way of showing love, to honor her daughter's 70th birthday in 1999, was to establish a Business Scholarship at SUU under the university's endowment plan. The principle amount of her gift remains intact while a portion of the interest funds a student scholarship each year. Alice's children have followed in her footsteps this past year by endowing the Miles and Mary Morris Scholarship at Southern Utah University.
"There are remarkable people with a compelling love for SUU" Lori Blackner explains, "and Alice Brodersen is one of these people. She is an amazing woman who reaches across generations to practice the principle 'Love thy neighbor.' Giving makes a difference in the lives of students and in the influence they and the University can have on the world."
If you would like to make Alice Brodersen's birthday celebration complete, we will be happy to send your note to her. Just call Lori Blackner, Director of Scholarships, in the SUU Advancement Office at 435-865-8436. Lori also has information on gift scholarship and endowment programs.